The magnificent Queen Victoria Building, or QVB for short, is an architectural delight that should not be missed during you visit to Sydney. It is definitely one of the most beautiful shopping centres in the world and stunning to say the least. The QVB was completed in 1898 in the midst of a severe recession. The intricate Romanesque architecture topped with a centre dome required the employment many skilled craftsmen who would otherwise have been out of work during this difficult time.
When it first opened the QVB housed a concert hall, offices, warehouse space and shop space for many different services and tradespeople. Eventually the Concert Hall was replaced by the City Library and then, after a major retrofit in the 1930's, Sydney's City Council became the primary tenant.
The building gradually became run down again over the years and there was even some consideration of demolition. Fortunately, through a partnership agreement the building was painstakingly restored again between 1984 and 1986 followed by another refurbishing in 2009 for a total investment of $134 million.
The Queen Victoria Building now has many boutique shops and services throughout it's 4 levels. Outside the south end of the building the Bicentennial Plaza features a statue of Queen Victoria and the Royal Wishing Well which raises funds to benefit children who are deaf or blind.
There are many more interesting features and details in this incredible and beautifully detailed building - too many to mention here. This is one shopping centre where you may want to bring your camera.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Queen Victoria Building SydneyFee: No
- Monday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Tuesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Category: Shopping Centers Landmarks & Historical Buildings
455 George St
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Phone: +61 2 9265 6800
Jean-Guillaume L. Feb-15-2019
There is no place like the Q.V.B.. To think that it almost was razed by fools. Shopping there is terrific. My favourite: Les bonnes adresses and its... Read More
Mel B. Oct-04-2018
#75 for 2018 The Queen Victoria building was built in 1893 a marketplace that continues today housing many unique vendors on five floors. The... Read More
Vivian C. Sep-30-2018
Pretty! Get a load of it at night too. It is basically a nice building structure housing a mall. My only regret is not catching it on the hour when the... Read More
Accommodations near Queen Victoria Building Sydney:
|Train Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Light Rail||Capitol Square||12 minutes|
|T1, T2, T3 or T4||Town Hall||1 minute|
|T2 or T3||St. James||3 minutes|
How to get to Queen Victoria Building Sydney by Train
By Light Rail: Exit at Capitol Square and go right (north) on George Street.
By Train:Town Hall Station has a direct underground passage to the QVB (1 minute) or Exit St. James Station onto Elizabeth Street and cross over and continue west on Market Street (3 minutes).
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